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[Film Review] The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

English Title: The Fall of the House of Usher
Original Title: La chute de la maison Usher
Year: 1928
Country: France
Language: Silent
Genre: Horror… 358 more words

Film Review

All aboard the Silent Railway Day at the Kennington Bioscope

What’s better than a film set on a train? A silent film set on a train. You know it’s true, and so do the wonderful people at the Kennington Bioscope, who have compiled a day of railway-themed silent films with live music for next month. 524 more words

Silent Film

Searching for Nelly Kaplan

Joan Dupont

From Film Quarterly Summer 2018, Volume 71, Number 4

“The strange thing had been for me to discover in England that she was still alive: it was as if I had been told Mrs. 5,608 more words


Céline Goes to Hollywood: Part II

Céline Goes to Hollywood: Part II

One of the saddest episodes in the life of Dr. Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, alias Louis-Ferdinand Céline, came right after he published his first novel in 1933. 1,911 more words

Draft Stories

Napoleon / Film / 1927

Abel Gance’s Napoleon is long (6 hours!) but is for the most part worth it, and in general is pretty spectacular. It’s at its best when dealing with a young Napoleon making his mark (commanding a snowball fight at boarding school, standing up to the British who want to take over Corsica, the Battle of Toulon) and also does a pretty good job of dealing with French Revolution politics. 134 more words


Napoleon (1927)

aka Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

2016 #184
Abel Gance | 333 mins | Blu-ray | 1.33:1 + 4:1 | France / silent (English) | PG / G…
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Romanticizing the Political Figure: On the Triptych Scene in Abel Gance's Napoleon (1927)

The Jacobin Moses

Gance’s Napoleon concludes with the young general’s departure for the Italian campaign. What makes this climactic part interesting is not the novel panoramic triptych that allows us to view the sight in panorama even before panoramic cameras were used in film making before, but in the way the panorama determines both the past and the future as an organic whole. 1,149 more words